By: Blonde Two
“Whenever I walk in a London street,
I’m ever so careful to watch my feet;” (AA Milne)
I have been thinking about this for a long time now, I have a little issue and I think it is one that other walkers may share (especially Dartmoor ones).
Walking on Dartmoor is rarely an experience of solid paths; there are peat holes, tussocks, streams, bogs, rocks, sheep, ponies … all manner of things, in fact, to trip up an unwary Blonde. To be fair, I have never tripped over a pony, but I have come pretty close to bumping into one in the dark.
All of these ankle-traps mean that a Blonde has to spend a fair amount of her walking time looking at the floor (I estimate 99% for myself). Which is a shame, because unless it is misty, Dartmoor has amazing views 100% of the time. These views change constantly and there is a always a worry that one might miss something spectacular whilst choosing the next tussock on which to balance.
The only answer that I can see is to build in plenty of view-stops; impossible for Ten Tors training due to the required speed, but it could work the rest of the time. There should, of course, be a Blonde system for this. I will be discussing it with Blonde One at our next business meeting (aka coffee stop)!